DIY – Eyeshadow Palettes

We’re avid recyclers, especially when we’re offered benefits for our good deeds. That’s why we’re huge supporters of MAC’s Back to MAC program, where you receive a free eyeshadow, lipstick or gloss for every six empty MAC products you bring back to the store.

We’re such supporters that we have many, many eyeshadow pots in our makeup bags. Many. The unfortunate part about owning so many beautiful shades is that they’re difficult to organize and keep track of. Meaning that the pretty new green we bought last week might fall to the bottom, not to be seen again until December, well past prime season for spring-hued shadows.


A random mishmash of colour.
Luckily, we’ve recently come across an awesome DIY solution for the disorganized makeup bag. Here’s how to get all your single shadows into one lovely,
organized and portable palette! 

Time needed: 45 minutes

Tools: 
15 MAC eyeshadows
Empty MAC palette that holds 15 (available from MAC Pro stores)
Flat iron (think old – something you don’t mind melting plastic with. Preferably not your Chi)
Wax paper
Knife
Safety pin
Tweezers 
Round labels (if you’re OCD like us and need to
label your shadows)

A smaller, less dangerous knife would also do.
Step 1: Arrange your shadows

Arrange the shadows
to be placed in your palette, and label your palette
accordingly. We suggest organizing by colour. If you have more than 15 shadows,
you can create a palette for neutrals, one for blues/greens, purples/pinks,
etc. (it’s quite addictive).
We heart MAC. Clearly.
Step 2: Pop out the base

Carefully insert the tip of the knife into the little space around the outside of the
container and pop the plastic case holding each eye shadow out of its plastic base. Go slowly. Be
patient. On the first attempt you may have a casualty, so start with your least
favourite color (save All That Glitters for when you’re an expert at
removing). 
Plastic base and shadow case.
Step 3: Melt the plastic

Heat the flat iron and place a piece of wax paper over the bottom to prevent the
plastic from melting on the iron. Rest the de-potted shadows on the iron to
soften the plastic.
Watch carefully. Fires aren’t cool.
Step 4: Pop out the pan

After two to three minutes, the plastic will be melted enough for you to insert
a tiny pin. There’s a little plastic nub on the bottom of each eyeshadow.
Carefully push the pin through the softened plastic to lift the metal pan. If it doesn’t insert easily,
return the entire thing to the flat iron for another minute. 
This step should be easy. If not, heat some more.
Step 5: Place the pan in the palette

Carefully pick up the metal pan with tweezers (because it’s HOT! – danger warning!). Place the shadow into
the palette into the slot you labelled. If you want, you can attached a small magnet to the bottom of the shadow. However, the glue residue from the original casing will be enough to keep it in the pan.
Do NOT touch with your fingers. Seriously.


Step 6: Enjoy!

Have fun with your beautiful palette! You’ll get a lot more wear from your shadows by seeing them all at a glance, we promise. Time to get to MAC to start working on your next one 😉
Someone likes MAC’s Rice Paper.

Lovely and organized. 
Insider’s tip: It can vary by store/salesperson, but some stores may give you a hard time if you try to Back to MAC your containers with the eyeshadow pan missing. 25 empty pans available online and a tube of crazy glue for less than $10. Just sayin’.

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